Laurel Park

Laurel Park is offering free admission to city of Laurel residents and military members as part of a combined celebration on Saturday, Nov. 9. (Photo by Kenneth K. Lam/Baltimore Sun / November 1, 2013)

Laurel Park is offering free admission to city of Laurel residents and military members as part of a combined celebration on Saturday, Nov. 9. The day includes the running of the City of Laurel Stakes and a Salute the Troops celebration of U.S. military members.

Laurel residents who live within the city limits will receive free admission and general parking, a "Make a Bet on Us" voucher and food and drink discounts.

Active and retired members of the military will receive free admission for themselves and a guest and a 25 percent discount on food and beverages. A Joint Service Color Guard will present the colors between races, and military vehicles will be displayed.

The $100,000 City of Laurel Stakes, which first ran in 1986 and was discontinued in the 1990s until a few years ago, will be part of the live racing card. Laurel Mayor Craig Moe and county officials will be in the winner's circle for the City of Laurel Stakes, according to Maryland Jockey Club vice president of communications Mike Gathagan.

Gates open at 11 a.m. and the first race is at 12:35 p.m.

The day will benefit Horses for Heroes, which provides therapeutic rehabilitation and recreation for military veterans.

For more information, go to laurelpark.com.